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National Trust holds silent walks of remembrance

By Black Country Bugle  |  Posted: August 02, 2014

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THE National Trust's Dudmaston Estate held a silent walk of remembrance yesterday (Wednesday) to mark the centenary of the outbreak of World War One.

The walk is part of a national project with artist Alec Finlay.

Twenty-three walks were held at NT properties across England and Wales in remembrance of those affected by the conflict.

The walk from Dudmaston Hall led visitors to the plaque for Lieutenant William Orde Wilkinson, who was posthumously awarded the VC for 'most conspicuous bravery', after losing his life while rescuing wounded soldiers in La Boiselle, France, on July 5, 1916.

House Steward, Kellie Channing, said: "Although a small village, Quatt was affected by great loss during WWI losing 10 men from the parish as a direct result of the war. One of them, Private Frank Christie, was a bell ringer at the church who died in action on September 21, 1916, aged just 19. As the memorial to Lieutenant Wilkinson, who was born at Lodge Farm on the estate, is also located at St. Andrew's Church in the village we thought this would be an appropriate route for remembrance."

Once at the churchyard a pair of specially written poems were read by their author, Ken Cockburn, and poppies scattered. At the hall a book was left alongside the art installation of sandbags in the Spanish Gallery, as a memorial of the event.

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